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Links 1 through 10 of 39 by Paul K tagged marine+fauna

Extended excerpts and scanned images from a new book (review copy) by Chet Van Duzer: 'Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps'. This is an amazing piece of work on a subject that is both very cool, intriguing and has been little studied in the past. Illustrations cover the gamut from whale islands to lion-fish from the 10th to 17th centuries. A fabulous/remarkable publication from the British Library.

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Album of hand-coloured marine species collected by French expeditionary voyage. L'Astrolabe, skippered by Dumont d'Urville, spent 3 years in 1820s sailing mostly in southern oceans looking for lost La Perouse expedition. Beautiful quality plates (including sectional anatomy views) resulted.

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Sampling from a very large set of watercolour sketches produced in East Asia sometime in the 19th century. The collection was acquired or commissioned by the Dutch consul to Canton and was given to Groningen University. These are beautiful, funny, absurd, anthropomorphic & colourful renderings of sometimes known and sometimes stylised imaginative marine species.

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Eccentric hand-coloured woodcuts from Pierre Belon's seminal mid-16th century treatise on marine creatures. The pictures are unsophisticated and totally outlandish at times, but the book was an important step towards establishing ichthyology as a scientific discipline

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Delightful hand-coloured engravings of lobsters and crabs from a rare, 18th century work by JFW Herbst.

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Very brightly coloured cephalopods - octopus, cuttlefish, squid - lithographs from the mid-1920s. These images are from one volume from a German series on the flora and fauna of the Bay of Naples in Italy.

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All manner of deformed and hallucinatory chimera and monsters from the "father" of natural history, Ulissi Aldrovandi. These are woodcuts of multiheaded devils and mythological seamonsters and all kinds of weird humanoid and fish-like creatures.

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Hand-coloured engravings of fish from 18th century. The (mostly) realistic illustrations are from a large multi-volume series by ME Bloch which was one of the earliest serious scientific texts on fish species. The plates are colourful and detailed and various metals were added to the paint to achieve as accurate rendering of metallo-luminescent qualities of scales.

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1860 book by PH Gross with colourful lithographs of sea anemones and related creatures. The vibrant plates are a little surreal : as though they were backdrops for an underwater cartoon adventure.

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A small number of octopus and squid pictures from a mid-19th century volume out of a big US expedition series. These are hand-coloured engravings.

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